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Katie Couric’s Talk Show Ending (TVNewser)
Katie Couric‘s syndicated daytime talk show Katie will end after two seasons, Couric and ABC announced Thursday. “While production will continue on Katie through June 2014, we’ve mutually agreed that there will not be a third season of the show,” Couric and Disney-ABC said in a statement. HuffPost The news follows Couric’s decision to leave ABC News early due to her new partnership with Yahoo!, where she will serve as the website’s “global anchor.” New York Daily News The end of Katie came as no surprise. There has been buzz for months that trouble has been brewing behind the scenes, which started when Couric’s close pal and executive producer Jeff Zucker left Katie to run CNN. Show insiders have also depicted a tug-of-war between Couric and producers: She had hoped to turn the show into a more news-driven production, while they have pushed to make the talk show more lighter and more gossip-focused. Ad Age / Media News It recently still ranked among the top 10 daytime syndicated shows, pulling about 2.2 million viewers on average, but ratings fell short of expectations, especially given the high cost of production and Couric’s celebrity. THR The end of Katie opens up time slots at 3 and 4 p.m. on ABC-owned stations and others in key markets. These are already being coveted by other shows; the stations also may opt to expand news into those time slots. Some stations had already chosen other shows for next fall, which is believed to have contributed to the decision to the show. Capital New York With her daytime show ending, Couric will presumably have some flexibility to pursue other TV options. One of the long-rumored options is CNN, which is being led by Zucker. In an interview with Capital earlier this month, Zucker shot down the reports that he had tried to woo Couric to the cable news channel. “We did not have any conversations with Katie about coming to CNN,” Zucker said.
We think we may have found one of the holiday season’s best examples of a “Bah, humbug!” reader-comments thread. The Guardian shared at the beginning of the week a pair of wonderful mini-essays from Love Actually writer-director Richard Curtis and co-star Bill Nighy. Or so we thought.
Coming back to check on the 10th anniversary article a few days later, FishbowlNY was dismayed and, yes, also somewhat amused to find British readers dumping all over this pair. Let’s start with some of the reaction to Curtis’ statement that Love Actually is “his Pulp Fiction:”
TheNiceKrispie: It’s his Four Rooms.
ThomasChristopherKin: Nah, it’s The Room four times.
SolomonGrundy: It’s his f*cking Sharknado.
As is so often the case, Capital New York media reporter Joe Pompeo got the jump today on a major, simultaneous internal announcement by Associated Press and the New York Times. AP investigative star Matt Apuzzo – who, with Adam Goldman, Eileen Sullivan and Chris Hawley won a 2011 Pulitzer for exposing troublesome NYPD surveillance tactics – is leaving the wire service and will start at the paper in the new year.
Pompeo has embedded both announcements in full. We thought it would be fun to whittle these missives down to the nouns and adjectives principally used to describe this departing-arriving star:
AP memo: Whip-smart; intellectually aggressive; drive; discipline; good judgment; wisdom.
NYT memo: Gifted; natural collaborator.
The issue with sponsored content is that it often seems to blur the lines between editorial content and advertising. When an ad looks exactly like an article, it can create confusion among readers. However, Sulzberger wrote in a memo to staffers that there would be a “strict separation between the newsroom and the job of creating content for the new native ads.”
The Times will distinguish native ads by placing a blue border around them, along with a colored bar and a “Paid Post” notification. The sponsored content will begin in January on the home page and other popular sections of NYTimes.com. The number of paid posts — created by the ad department — will be small, at least at first.
It’s unfortunate that the Times even has to take the native ads route, but that’s how things go now. Running the best newspaper in the world takes a lot of money, and sponsored content is an easy way to bring in heaps of it.
It doesn’t get much better these media days than a billionaire backer and a Honolulu dateline. NUY prof Jay Rosen posted today that the Glenn Grennwald-Pierre Omidyar (pictured) venture that he is now also a part of will be called First Look Media:
First Look Media is made up of several entities, including a company established to develop new media technology and a separate nonprofit journalism organization. The journalism operation, which will be incorporated as a 501(c)(3), will enjoy editorial independence, and any profits eventually earned by the technology company are committed to support First Look’s mission of independent journalism. The name of First Look Media’s initial digital publication is yet to be announced.
- Mona Chalabi joins as lead writer for FiveThirtyEight’s “EveryData,” Sliver described EveryData as “our bloglike/streamlike product.” Chalabi comes to the site from The Guardian, where she served as a researcher and reporter for its data team.
- Benjamin Morris has been named senior writer, sports. Morris most recently worked as a freelance writer and quantitative analyst.
- Neil Paine joins as senior writer and analyst. Plane comes to the site from Sports Reference.
The New York Times’ sprawling, moving five-part piece on Dasani, a homeless girl, is getting some backlash from the office of Michael Bloomberg. In a Wall Street Journal op-ed, two Bloomberg aides called the Times series — by Andrea Elliott — “a misleading commentary on the tenure of Michael Bloomberg” and “a serious distortion of reality.”
The Bloomberg aides then go on to post all sorts of pro Bloomberg stats concerning his work with the homeless. The aides also expressed disappointment that despite the Times piece being 28,000 words, ”The author could not find room to print a single quote from us defending our record.”
In a response to the Bloomberg criticism, the Times’ assistant managing editor for investigations, Matt Purdy, explained that they would’ve loved to include a quote, but something funny happened: Elliott was told no quotes could be used:
Ever since we learned that The New York Times Magazine’s editor-in-chief, Hugo Lindgren, was leaving at the end of the year, we’ve been wondering — who will succeed him? According to a note from the Times’ executive editor, Jill Abramson, it will be… Well, she’s not sure yet.
Abramson explained that for the next three months, Dean Baquet, the Times’ managing editor, and Deborah Needleman, editor of T Magazine, will “plunge into the challenges facing the magazine.” The challenges Abramson listed:
There are urgent issues and questions: how to make the magazine the fount of our richest, most immersive multimedia reading; which long reads belong in the A book and which might fare better with editing and presentation in the magazine; should there be more dedicated staff writers, how do we forge stronger relationships with the best of our freelancers in an ever more competitive environment?
Abramson said that by appointing Baquet and Needleman to lead the magazine, “It allows us to hit the pause button and think in a more disciplined way about where we want the magazine to go. Then will come the moment to appoint a new editor to lead the way.”
The full note from Abramson is below.